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Thursday, 25 May 1939

Sir FREDERICK STEWART (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Health) - In pursuance of the promise that I made to the honorable member last week, I have secured from the Minister for Commerce a statement which reads as follows -

A report on the investigation has been submitted, and indicates that, until the results of the present year's operations are known, it is not possible to reach a final decision. The officer who investigated the industry was unable to obtain any useful information regarding cannery costs for earlier years, but it is anticipated that after the 30th June next, some information on this matter will be available. The Queensland Canneries Proprietary Limited, which was formed last year and In which the growers, through the Committee of Direction of Fruit Marketing, holds slightly less than one-half of the shares, will complete its first year's operations on the 80th June next. Some information regarding cannery costs and results should then be available, and we should be able to come to a final decision.

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